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Staying Healthy

Is it normal to vomit during my period?
Some girls feel nauseous – it’s not a big deal if you don’t eat on the first day of your periods. Just make sure you are drinking lots of liquids – including soup and hot chocolate.

I have my cycle from the 5th until the 8th of the month, and after that I have a yellow water discharge from my breast and my breast are very sore. Is it something to worry about?
OK – a couple of things. A cycle is from the first day of one period to the first day of your next period – the average number of days is usually 28 (sometimes cycles are shorter – sometimes they are longer and this is normal). I don’t know how old you are or your medical history, but your breasts should not be sore, and they should certainly not have any discharge. So yes, this is something you should worry about. Please see a doctor / clinic ASAP.

My discharge smells bad. Why is that?
A smelly discharge usually means an infection and this should be treated at your clinic or doctor. Not all vaginal infections are sexually transmitted e.g. bacterial vaginitis. If a woman has had sex and then gets a smelly discharge, this could well be a Sexually Transmitted Infection. The sooner it is treated, the better!

Why does my discharge smell bad and change colour?
A discharge that’s smelly, itchy and causes irritation and redness to the vagina and labia is an infection discharge. The colour can be yellow, green or white and can be frothy and it has a bad smell. This must be treated at the clinic or doctor. If you are sexually active, your boyfriend should also go for treatment. Untreated infections can cause many complications.

Every time after my period I get a rash that's itchy and it burns, why is that?
I take it the rash is on the labia or genitals? Any rash that itches and burns (at any stage of the cycle) needs medical attention – it could be thrush but it could also be a genital infection. Please go and see your doctor or clinic nurse the next time you have this rash so that it can be identified and treated. The longer you leave it, the worse it will become! It may simply need a course of antibiotics.

Can I play sports during my period?
Sure you can play sports during your period. Wearing tampons makes it so much easier and more comfortable.

Can I eat dairy products and eggs during my period?
Yes, you can eat anything healthy during your period.

Is it possible to be on your period during pregnancy?
There is a difference between having a period and bleeding during pregnancy. Some women experience very light bleeding when they become pregnant, and this is called an 'implantation bleed' . This is usually not a problem. But when a woman knows that she is pregnant, and she starts bleeding, she should go to her nearest clinic or doctor. Bleeding during pregnancy usually means that there is a problem.